The Valentina Tarot Deck, 2004-2006:
For many years I have designed Tarot cards and have never really settled on any one theme or style that really defines my kind of deck. Just coming up with a Tarot deck worthy of my own tastes was hard enough, I still had to ask myself if other people would buy it. Would psychics like it? Would I love it enough to use it myself? Would my style of painting and drawing work for Tarot? So, in mid October 2004, while I was recovering from an intestinal infection, I needed to concentrate on a project to keep my mind off the pain. I decided to draw a Tarot card a day and paint my own interpretation of that card each day. This took me a lot longer than the few weeks it took me to heal! During the three year period it took to complete the entire deck, I fell into a deep depression because I was separated from friends. Some of those old friends may recognize themselves in this deck. If I create a new Tarot deck, I plan to make things a bit more traditional and less personal. My life has changed since I painted this deck. How would my new outlook on life augment the look of my homemade Tarot deck now?
This was to be the back cover image for each card:
But I felt it might be a tad bit too presumptious to include more than one image of myself in my own deck. I was even clueless as to what to call the deck! So I just named it after myself.
The Minor Arcana: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles
The Court of Wands:
Child of Wands, Jack of Wands (Jack Kerouac), Queen of Wands, King of Wands
The Court of Cups
Children of Cups, Jack of Cups, Queen of Cups, King of Cups
The Court of Swords
Child of Swords, Joan of Swords (Joan of Arc), Queen of Swords, King of Swords